For most of us
washing up is a chore.
But you can change that.
Make it your daily
mindfulness meditation routine.
Feel the warmth of the water caressing your hands
feel the soft bubbles,
move slowly around the plate,
smell the scent of the washing up liquid.
feel the smooth surface
enjoy the different shapes of the dishes
be aware of the beautiful pattern on the plate,
dwell on the plate for a while,
think of how it got there.
Caress the spoon with your sponge,
feel the smoothness of the cleaned glass,
feel calm, don’t rush,
be conscious of the moment.
Small every day tasks are not wasted moments
but part of precious moments we have in our lives.
Enjoy Washing up!
Have a glimpse of Spring
in my house.
Spring come soon,
let the birds chirp,
let the bees buzz,
let leaves grow on trees,
let the grass turn green,
let flowers bloom,
and let the days get brighter and warmer.
For a simple heat source,
a Wheatbag is the best idea.
I have two and cannot live without them.
They heat up within minutes in the microwave and give warmth for a long time.
They do not get cold like hot water bottles but keep the warmth of the body.
I love to heat up the bed with them in Winter.
And here is how I made them:
Use some leftover material you like and sew up a small square
like a pillowcase.
( 20cm by 20cm or 8 inches by 8 inches).
Leave it open on one side.
Buy some Barley from the store
and fill the bag with about 1 kg Barley.
Once the Barley is in
sew the remaining side together,
and your bag is ready.
I also made some covers for mine, just like a pillowcase,
so the bag itself stays clean.and
I can wash it from time to time.
When you need some warmth,
put the Wheatbag into the Microwave for 2 or 3 minutes
and enjoy the warmth coming from it
on your legs, on your feet, everywhere.
It can be used for aches and pains too, i.e. like stomach pains, etc
They are very versatile
and can be used cold too.
I have made some small ones (10 cm by 10 cm)
as they fit nicely into a bag into the freezer as ice packs for any injuries.
You can if you like put a bit of lavender inside too and it keeps smelling lovely too. I do like the smell of heated barley though.
Enjoy the warmth!
In this busy busy world it is important
balance your life,
empty your thoughts,
take a deep breath,
take time for yourself,
enjoy the beauty.
My Bathroom Orchid
My bathroom Orchid
This is a reminder for myself
and I invite you all
to take part and take a little break with me.
Take Thomas’s example:
Wishing you a relaxing, love filled day!
You might remember my post from September 2015
when the builders put the railing up
and left the windows open on a newly built building
around the corner from me.
Well after that – they took the railing off closed the windows
and put the railings back on.
Not really useful if you like to open the window – you can’t.
They have been thinking about it finally,
because yesterday…..look at that!
Yes, they modified the rail,
hurray, people buying the flats can open the window.
Finally someone thought more practical.
and it only took 7 months……
One of my favourite soups is a pancake soup.
In the region where I come (Schwaben) from it is called
After pancake day I had some pancakes left so what to do with them?
Cut the pancakes in small strips
Make a bouillon and add the Flädle:
Simple and delicious!
This is what it looks like today,
but even rain can be beautiful!
Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.
Let your smile be your umbrella for a rainy day!
a cup of tea
I was cycling with my new folding bike – as my other one was stolen from outside my house.
This one I can fold and leave at the bottom in the stairs, indoors at night, so it is safer.
These plaques I saw just outside the Olympic village.
I had never seen them before, and thought what a nice idea.
Spread the love!
Being happy is a choice.
You can choose to be miserable or you can choose to be happy.
Sometimes, as humans we think “we got awful cards dealt our way” or “someone is out to get me”
Sadly guilty of this myself :
This is your journey.
Travel with grace and gratitude or travel with misery, the choice is yours.
The efforts are the same.
Life is trying and sometimes difficult.
Remember today, right in this very NOW moment, you can choose to wash away the sorrows of yesterday the hurts of past…….acknowledge them and release them from your heart (not easy I know) but try…..
Then send out positive energy to the universe, your guides, your angels…..
Watch quietly and see the magic begin.
Changes may be tiny you can barely see them or you may doubt them….but they are there.
A smile from a stranger, a hug from your child, a card from a friend a warm cup of coffee or maybe you were blessed with the last cookie someone saved you! 🙂
All good things starting to unravel with your positive state of mind…..♥
Enjoy life- its good and bad.
Learn from the challenges….and live in this very NOW moment of peace and happiness….Namaste ♥